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Catholic School Students Serve Those in Need

During Thanksgiving week, students from Catholic elementary schools and Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Buffalo took time away from their studies to work on service projects that are benefitting the needy.

At St. Francis of Assisi School in Tonawanda, the entire school community worked on the Thanksgiving Project, collecting food that will be donated to the St. Francis Outreach Program.  Meanwhile, the 40th annual Food Basket was launched this week at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.  Food will be collected through Dec. 16, then donated to the Warming House in Olean and other food pantries.

St. Francis of Assisi School, Tonawanda

Over the past six weeks, the students, faculty, and staff at St. Francis of Assisi School have been completing a Thanksgiving Project. From Jeans Days for Charity, to donations of non-perishable food items such as stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, coffee and tea, the school actively participated in this worthy cause raising dozens of bags and boxes of food items and purchasing turkeys.

The project culminated at the Thanksgiving School Mass.  Students adorned the altar with some of the many items collected and additionally added some fresh fruits and vegetables to be donated this upcoming week to the St. Francis Outreach Program.

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Kenmore

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute kicked off its 40th Annual Food Basket on Nov. 22 and will collect non-perishable food items through Dec. 16. Students will have three weeks to collect items of food that will be distributed to the Warming House in Olean, and several other Buffalo-area soup kitchens that are chosen by the students.

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute is proud of this giving tradition, established 40 years ago by now-retired faculty member, Charles Ende. Faculty directors Martin Fedchak and Anthony Shilen emphasize that the Food Basket is a student-run program. Having boxes donated, loading the trucks that will take the food to Olean and rising very early to open the donation center is the sole responsibility of the students.

Our challenge is greater than ever this year. With the troubling economic environment, the reality is that we could face a drop-off in donations - just when the need is so great throughout the Western New York community.

The Food Basket Drive is ultimately a school-wide endeavor and it needs each and every member of the SJCI Community to join in collaborative spirit. The students who volunteer to serve as directors for the Food Basket work countless hours trying to create a program to “motivate and inspire” their fellow students to share what they have with others in need. While the Food Basket program continues to grow, so does the overwhelming need for more food and therefore, more donations.

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute asks the entire community to give the gift of food. The Food Basket Collection Center receives contributed items from 7 – 8 a.m. in The Student Commons at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Avenue. Please call 716.874.4024 with questions.


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